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Hike in the footsteps of the Hudson Bay Brigade

It’s easy to fall head over hiking boots in love with the Similkameen. There are more than 40 marked trails between Manning Provincial Park, Cathedral Provincial Park, China Ridge Trails, Kettle Valley Railway, and the historic Hudson Bay Company 1849 Trail. Whether you’re trudging up a steep mountain pass or meandering through a nature reserve, each trail has its own distinct personality.

You’ll enjoy hikes from easy to expert through rolling hills and up to rocky outcrops. Picture perfect scenery calls to you from the alpine meadows and high atop jagged peaks. These are the historic footpaths to alpine summits. Follow the footsteps of people that have come centuries before you. Hike our trails, enjoy the ancient landscape, and connect with our region. Leave your everyday worries behind as you head out on an adventure as dramatic as the landscape around you.

Similkameen’s Top 10 Hiking Spots

  1. Explore the Cathedral Rim Trail at Cathedral Provincial Park and discover rock formations unique to the park
  2. Hike Cathedral Park’s Smokey the Bear and Stone City, then pat yourself on the back for making the summit
  3. Drink in views of the Tulameen River Valley and the Coquihalla Range from China Ridge Trails
  4. Hike in the footsteps of the Hudson Bay Brigade on the HBC 1849 Trail
  5. Enjoy a stroll at Lightning Lakes at Manning Park
  6. Hike to Manning Park’s highest peak on the Mt. Frosty Trail
  7. Basque in the cool spray of Tulameen Falls after an easy 1-km hike
  8. Follow the heritage footpaths of the Dewdney, Whatcom and Hope Pass trails
  9. Wander the old-growth forest from Peers Creek to Tulameen and discover fast-running rivers and tranquil streams
  10. Refuel your wanderlust hiking the Trans Canada Trail from Princeton to Coalmont

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Cathedral Provincial Park
Cathedral Provincial Park

Cathedral Provincial Park

Hike in Cathedral Provincial Park, and you will find yourself on trails often undiscovered by the average hiker. These trails lead to some of the most postcard-worthy landscapes you’ll ever see. Resident mountain goats and other wildlife await! Fragrant alpine meadows are awash with wildflowers, jagged mountain peaks, smooth alpine ridges and jewel-coloured lakes 2072 m (6800 ft) above sea-level offer an unspoiled wilderness adventure. Getting off the beaten path is as easy as taking that very first step.

China Ridge, Princeton
China Ridge, Princeton

China Ridge Trails

A hike in the great outdoors can take you to some of the most unexpected places. Take China Ridge Trails, for example. It’s a snow lover’s haven in winter, and in summer, it becomes a hiker’s paradise. The duality of China Ridge is what makes it so popular! From a stroll to a challenging hike, explore nature’s playground at your leisure. Drink in the Tulameen River Valley views or the Cascade Range as you climb 1311 m (4300 ft) to the trail’s highest point. You may see tracks here as you follow in the footsteps of elk, wapiti deer and occasional rabbit or two.

Manning Park
Manning Park

Manning Park

Cruise the Crowsnest Highway from Vancouver to find this epic Provincial Park and the treasures that it holds. You will find other historic trails such as the Dewdney, Whatcom and Hope Pass trails along this trail. Many an intrepid hiker has ended their PCT quest here.

Enjoy spending a day, a weekend, or even a week hiking the rugged, yet traversable, trails in the park. Begin at Lightning Lakes and you can choose a leisurely walk through forests heady with the scent of fresh pine. For something more challenging and a lot more rugged take the Mt. Frosty Trail to Manning’s highest peak at 2408 m (7900 ft) and discover panoramas so expansive, 360° isn’t enough to take it all in.

The Great Trail
The Great Trail

Hiking The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail)

Refuel your wanderlust hiking The Great Trail along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail from Princeton to Coalmont. It’s a spectacular hike along the Tulameen River Valley. Your journey begins in the cool darkness of a 305 m (1000 ft) tunnel carved from the ridge that separates the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers. It then continues for 18 km (11.2 mi) past ochre cliffs and haunting hoodoo rock formations that have been eroded by wind since recorded time.

HBC 1849 Trail
HBC 1849 Trail

HBC (Hudson Bay Company) 1849 Trail

Hike in the footsteps of history along the heritage HBC 1849 Trail. Look around, and you can easily imagine the rough and tumble life of a Hudson Bay Company fur trader. Imagine them guided by First Nations people, searching for ways to get their fur pelts to market. Today almost 150 km (93 mi) of heritage trails have been restored, creating a wilderness wonderland for day hikes and multi-day treks. Hoist your backpack and wander the old-growth forest from Peers Creek to Tulameen and discover fast-running rivers and tranquil streams and whispers of our fur-trading past.

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Cathedral Provincial Park, Keremeos, BC V0X 1N0
Come and join us at Cathedral Lakes Lodge. We are Canada’s highest full service hiking and fishing wilderness lodge. Hike from your doorstep to enjoy meadows of alpine flowers, emerald lsee more
2915 Highway 3, Hedley, BC, Canada
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7500 Hwy 3, Manning Park, BC V0X 1R0, Canada
Manning Park Resort is a four-season, activity-packed destination is under three hours by car from Vancouver, BC, offering easy access to the area’s most breathtakingly beautiful mountains, lasee more
1841 Main Street, Box 3B, Comp. 10, Coalmont BC Canada V0X 1G0
Cycle, quad, geocache, pan for gold, and explore historic Coalmont, B.C.  Relax at day’s end in one of our three comfortable, themed rooms.  The ”Bank” and ”Saloon” sleep two each, whilesee more
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Keremeos, BC V0X 1N3, Canada
Jennifer Roe: 250-809-3453Jennifer Roe: 250-809-3453
The mission of Similkameen Trails is to promote and enhance the trails of the Similkameen; for the safety, health, welfare and enjoyment of neighbourhoods in and visitors to the Valley. Our qusee more
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79 Twin Lakes Road (S26B C8 RR1) Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0
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